Walk your way to a healthy heart

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, announced the Apollo Heart Challenge to promote a healthy life. By downloading the AskApollo app from Google Play store or the Apple app store, anyone can participate in the challenge of completing 10,000 steps per day. The Apollo Heart Challenge is part of the Apollo Healthy Heart Program, a unique personalized Cardiac Health Management Program that helps to prevent the onset of heart disease and empowers individuals to better manage their heart condition.

Inspired by this year’s World Heart Day theme ‘looking after one’s hearts and the hearts of loved ones’, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals launched the Apollo Heart Challenge with a call to walk to good heart health with at least 10,000 steps per day for a month. Starting with a walkathon of 5 km on October 7, in North Kolkata, The Apollo Heart Challenge will run till November 05, 2018, and everyone who completes the challenge successfully will get 25% discount on any number of Healthy Heart Program packages valid for one year. For every 10 participants, who complete the challenge, Apollo will provide free surgery for congenital heart problem for a child below poverty line.

Sharing his thoughts on the occasion, Mr Rana Dasgupta, CEO, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitalssaid, “There is an unprecedented burden of heart disease in Bengal, which needs to be addressed and as a responsible healthcare provider, we are trying to stand beside those in need. Hence, our initiative to offer free surgeries for congenital heart problems to those who cannot afford the surgery. For every 10 participants completing the challenge, we will provide one free surgery.”

He also added “Lifestyle plays a big role in the development and control of cardiac disease. The AskApollo app complements the Healthy Heart Program and works to prevent heart disease through a comprehensive approach to heart health. The Healthy Heart program is tailored to stop heart disease in its tracks!”


Present at the occasion, Dr Sushan Mukhopadhyay, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata expressed “We can improve heart health with a few easy steps such as changes in diet, regular exercise and frequent health checks to monitor progress. Through the Apollo Heart Challenge, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals wants to promote a behavioral change in Kolkatans and get them to incorporate moderate physical activity in their daily routine. Over time, this will lead to a Healthy Kolkata with a Healthy Heart!”



A person who walks 10,000 steps a day will have a bigger stroke volume, that is, the amount of blood the heart pumps per beat, as compared with someone who walks just 1,000 steps a day. A larger stroke volume is a sign of greater aerobic capacity. The mobile application based Apollo Heart Challenge will also help the participants take ownership of their heart health by identifying warning signs, understanding facts and guarding against myths of heart health. The app contains information about the challenge as well as supportive material on cardiovascular disease, with health advisories and daily tips to manage heart health.


Having touched 3 million hearts, the Apollo Healthy Heart Program is India’s first Heart Disease Prevention and Reversal program. Participating in the Apollo Heart Challenge and continuing with it after the first month will help participants gain better aerobic capacity and increased heart function over a period. The Apollo Healthy Heart Program is an evidence-based scientific program that helps to identify the risks and equips every individual to lead a healthy lifestyle. To know more or to enroll, visit www.actbeforetheattack.com.